On deck: LSU vs. Cincinnati (Sunday) _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU center fielder Jake Fraley hustles to third for a triple during the first inning of Sunday's game against Cincinnati at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU vs. Cincinnati

WHEN: Noon Sunday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 11. Cincinnati is not ranked.

PROJECTED STARTERS: LSU, Sr. LH John Valek III (6-6, 3.15 at Akron) vs. Cincinnati, TBA

TV: None

ONLINE STREAMING: On SEC Network Plus, accessible on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com

PRE- AND POSTGAME COVERAGE: blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives; theadvocate.com/sports

IN-GAME UPDATES: @Chandler_Rome

WHAT TO WATCH: Valek is a veteran with more than 260 innings of collegiate experience, but he will pitch to contact, won’t overpower hitters and likely won’t strike many out. The LSU defense, which features eight new position players, must be solid behind him to avoid unnecessary base runners.